|President Biden Takes Action on NTEU Recommendations|
President Biden Takes Action on NTEU Recommendations
In his first few days in office, President Biden has taken swift action on federal employee issues, including NTEU's recommendations for restoring the relationship between federal agencies and their employees. Here are some of last week's actions:
Revoked Anti-Union, Anti-Employee Executive Orders
President Biden revoked a trio of harmful executive orders aimed at weakening federal unions. The orders issued in May 2018, were designed to sideline federal sector unions by restricting their ability to represent employees, unfairly limiting bargaining and removing accountability for agencies that mistreat their employees.
Revoked Schedule F Executive Order
On Friday, the president revoked the Schedule F executive order that threatened basic due process rights for thousands of employees by reclassifying them in a way where political loyalty – and not merit – would determine whether they kept their job.
Issued Executive Order Protecting the Federal Workforce During the Pandemic
On his first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order requiring face masks be worn on federal property and creating a high-level task force specifically focused on the health and safety of the federal workforce. The task force will focus on employee testing, contact tracing, PPE supplies, physical distancing, air filtration, workplace cleaning protocols, telework and vaccines – all issues NTEU has been fighting for since the start of the pandemic.
Restored Diversity and Inclusion Training
NTEU also supports President Biden’s executive order restoring diversity and inclusion training in the federal government. The union believes the federal government should embrace training that ensures its workforce is trained to serve taxpayers and each other fairly and respectfully.
NTEU looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration on an agenda that respects and supports federal employees.